Free, confidential, one-on-one substance use counselling at the Y.

If you’re looking for support with substance use and misuse problems or know someone who is, we can help. Our services are free and confidential and our counsellors are available to support youth with substance use issues, options to make healthier choices and practice safely.

A supportive environment and the support you need to get healthy.

  • Individual counselling for 14-24 year olds
  • Person centered and strength based approach
  • Practices from a Harm Reduction philosophy*
  • Assessment – GAIN Q3
  • Harm Reduction supply distribution (substance testing kits and equipment for safer use)
  • Educational workshops on substances, substance use and harm reduction

Harm Reduction

YSAP works from a harm reduction perspective which recognizes and values that everyone has the right to make their own decisions about their lives.  It is about mutual respect and collaboration to reduce the risks and harms associated with substances, substance use and any other behaviours. YSAP supports, encourages, and empowers young people to develop their own substance use goals and to make informed decisions for themselves.

YSAP is a self-referral program.  Please contact us if you think you would like to talk to someone. Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help – it’s okay to have someone you trust help you connect with us. Call us today at 416-473-7407.

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These free webinars will focus on specific  substances and will explore the effects, some history, and harm reduction strategies when using the substances. We will also be answering questions.

Suitable for anyone looking to learn more about substances and harm reduction, including youth, parents, and service provides. 

Sign up today:

April 29: Stimulants (Cocaine, Crack & Crystal Meth)
May 11: Study Drugs (Adderall, Ritalin)
May 27: Inhalants & GHB
June 8: Cannabis (Strains, Edibles, Concentrates)
June 24: 2C-B


Contact us at 416-473-7407 if you need support. We're here to help.

Brampton/Caledon Brampton Central Park Dr. YMCA Child Care Centre
9996 Kennedy Road
Brampton, ON L6V 0A1
Mississauga Mississauga YMCA Employment and Community Services
55 City Centre Drive, Suite 100
Mississauga, ON L5B 1M3
Toronto - Scarborough Scarborough Centre YMCA
230 Town Centre Court
Scarborough, ON M1P 4Y7
Toronto - Central Vanauley Street YMCA
7 Vanauley Street
Toronto, ON M5T 2V9
Toronto - North York North York YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services
4580 Dufferin Street, Suite 200
North York, ON M3H 5Y2

For more information on our YSAP download our guide(PDF).

To learn more about YMCA Youth programs call 416-928-9622 contact us at memberservices@ymcagta.org

YMCA Service Agreement (PDF)